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Saturday, February 26, 2011

the inside scoop from the indiana (state)senate democrats



Mid-session review of Senate bills

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This week was the mid-session deadline for Senate bills to advance out of the Senate. Beginning February 28, the Senate will begin work on House bills that were approved in that chamber. This brief summary includes highlights of a few of the 198 bills approved by the Senate that are now eligible for action in the House of Representatives:




Controversial bills restricting organized labor
Thousands of laborers, teachers and students came together at the Statehouse this week to rally against bills that would have a negative impact on working families, including measures that would restrict their ability to organize and limit collective bargaining with employers on a variety of topics. A controversial bill that would strip collective bargaining rights and limit due process for teachers was approved by the Republican-led Senate. Among other things, Senate Bill (SB) 575 restricts which subjects can be bargained collectively between teachers and school districts. The bill also provides that collective bargaining begin no later than May 1. Senate Democrats strongly opposed the proposal which was approved in the Senate by a vote of 30 to 19.

Senate Joint Resolution 10 calls for an amendment to the state’s constitution prohibiting an option for employees to use majority sign-up rules to form unions instead of the traditional secret ballot method. In January, the National Labor Relations Board advised the Attorneys General of Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah that similar constitutional amendments approved in those states, which govern the method by which employees choose union representation, conflict with federal labor law and, therefore, are preempted by the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Opponents pointed out that this anti-worker proposal is being pushed by large corporations to make it harder for workers to organize and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions. In addition, many believe the state’s constitution is not a document to place language directing unions on how to conduct internal business. The resolution was approved in the Senate by a vote of 32-16. This proposed amendment must be agreed to by two consecutive General Assemblies and ratified by a majority of the state’s voters to be added to the state constitution.

A new salary schedule for teachers based on results of evaluations tied to test scores would be created under SB 1. The bill also stipulates that teachers would no longer qualify for salary increases based on the completion of additional college degrees or graduate credit hours. In addition, SB 1 includes an exception for charter schools that would require only 50 percent of charter school teachers to be licensed. That number could be further reduced if waivers are sought. All public school teachers are required to be licensed under current state law.

Also approved in the Senate was legislation that would allow for 60-day probationary contracts for teachers hired new to a school corporation, regardless of the teacher’s experience in other corporations. SB 294 was amended to require an evaluation of a probationary teacher by the principal after 30 days. Under the bill, after 60 days, the corporation may terminate the teacher or enter into a regular contract. Supporters said this bill would provide principals with another tool to better handle ineffective teachers. Opponents express concern that, if terminated, the probationary teacher would not be entitled to the normal due process of a permanent teacher.

[On a related note: While it is not a bill yet considered by the Senate, much attention was given this week to a so-called “right to work” proposal. Undaunted by the opposition expressed in the Statehouse halls, a Republican-controlled House committee advanced House Bill (HB) 1468, a bill that would make it illegal for a group of unionized workers to require each employee who enjoys the benefits of a negotiated contract’s terms to pay organizational dues for negotiation and policing the contract. While the bill has been portrayed as a matter of employee choice, the National Labor Relations Act within federal law already affords protection for workers from forced union membership. The future of the bill is unknown at this point, as House Democrats continue to caucus outside of the state to block action on this and other labor-related bills.] 
Education Issues
A new salary schedule for teachers based on results of evaluations tied to test scores would be created under SB 1. The bill also stipulates that teachers would no longer qualify for salary increases based on the completion of additional college degrees or graduate credit hours. In addition, SB 1 includes an exception for charter schools that would require only 50 percent of charter school teachers to be licensed. That number could be further reduced if waivers are sought. All public school teachers are required to be licensed under current state law. Also approved in the Senate was legislation that would allow for 60-day probationary contracts for teachers hired new to a school corporation, regardless of the teacher’s experience in other corporations. SB 294 was amended to require an evaluation of a probationary teacher by the principal after 30 days. Under the bill, after 60 days, the corporation may terminate the teacher or enter into a regular contract. Supporters said this bill would provide principals with another tool to better handle ineffective teachers. Opponents express concern that, if terminated, the probationary teacher would not be entitled to the normal due process of a permanent teacher.
The Senate approved SB 497, a proposal from Governor Daniels that would redirect state funding from high schools to in state universities for each high school student that graduates one year early. The bill provides that the student would have to complete necessary courses by the end of their junior year, apply for the grant, and enroll in an approved postsecondary education institution to qualify for a one-time $3,500 scholarship. The high schools attended by the scholarship recipients would not receive any funding for the student during what would have been that student’s senior year. Concerns about the proposal include legal issues for universities presented by students younger than 18.

With the push for more charter schools, the use of unoccupied public school property has come under scrutiny. SB 446 gained Senate approval and establishes a process by which charter schools may lease unused, closed or unoccupied school buildings maintained by public school corporations for a nominal fee of $1 per year. Following a two-year period, if a public school building remains unoccupied, it would be placed on a statewide list of all unused school buildings to be maintained and undated annually by the Department of Education. Charter schools could select a building from the list and would be responsible for the building’s direct expenses including utilities, insurance, maintenance, repairs and remodeling.
Illegal immigration
Based on Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 590 would allow law enforcement officers to verify the citizenship or immigration status of individuals when making a stop, detention or arrest if the officer has reasonable suspicion of the individual’s status. Opponents of that provision warn that the measure will lead to racial profiling. The bill also includes an “English only” provision, which would require that only English be used in public meetings, public documents, information provided on government web sites and by state or local government employees. For employers, the bill requires that E-Verify be used for state agencies, political subdivisions, contractors with public contracts for services with a state or political subdivision and certain business to verify the legal status of employees hired after June 30, 2011. The estimated cost to the state for the measure could be between $1.4 million and $5.4 million for criminal and employment dispute investigations and enforcement. Many opponents think that immigration policy should be addressed at the federal level in Congress, not by Indiana’s state legislature, a view represented by leaders from Indiana universities, faith leaders, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and other state leaders at a Statehouse press conference earlier this month. The bill was approved by a vote of 31-18 in the Senate.
Clean energy
Comprehensive legislation designed to create incentives for producing clean energy and set the stage for possible nuclear energy development in Indiana has passed the Senate, but not without concerns over the impact on Hoosier ratepayers. SB 251 expands the definition of clean energy to include nuclear energy to attract nuclear generating entities to Indiana with state incentives. Approximately 98 percent of Indiana’s electricity is currently provided by coal-fired plants. Opponents expressed strong concerns that the legislation would pass on to ratepayers the costs and risks of building power plants, including highly speculative nuclear and coal gasification facilities, even if those facilities are never completed. The bill passed by a vote of 32-17. On a related matter, the Senate approved SB 260, which will allow the legislative body of a unit of government (other than a township) to establish a clean energy improvement financing program to fund clean energy improvements for voluntary participants in the program. Although the bill prohibits the use of bonds to finance the improvements, it would require financing to come from private equity or federal grants or loans. The bill was approved by a vote of 42-7.
Local government reform
One of the government reform measures approved, SB 302, deals with nepotism. The bill would prohibit a relative of an executive, a member of the legislative body or a member of the fiscal body of a county, city, town or township from being employed by the local unit. The bill includes a grandfather clause that provides 3.5 years for current employees who are related to officeholders to give up their jobs. Several senators representing rural areas of the state expressed strong opposition to the bill stating that this type of reform should be taken on by individual counties. However, the bill passed by a vote of 30-19. It will now be reviewed by the House. Two other government reform bills died this week. SB 405 would have moved township fiscal powers to county councils in 2013 and eliminated township boards in 2015. SB 303 dealt with county government reorganization. This proposal would have provided that in counties other than Marion County, a single county chief executive officer could be elected to serve as the county executive, replacing the board of county commissioners.
Preemption of local firearm regulations
By a vote of 38-12, the Senate approved SB 292 which would prohibit, with certain exceptions, local government regulations that ban guns on public property. Specifically, the bill would prohibit, with certain exceptions, local rules regulating any matter pertaining to firearms, ammunition and firearm accessories. Schools, courts and law enforcement offices would be the exceptions. Those opposing the bill emphasized public safety concerns, as guns could no longer be prohibited in public parks, hospitals or athletic facilities. Another gun bill raising concerns is SB 506. The Senate approved the bill which would allow a person to carry a handgun without being licensed on personal property, in a vehicle or on private property with consent of the property owner. Opponents expressed concerns that the bill includes exemptions for gun licensing that are too broad. The bill was approved in the Senate by a vote of 43-7.
Criminal sentencing laws
Legislation aimed at reforming Indiana’s criminal sentencing laws, SB 561, was approved by a vote of 46-3 in the Senate. The bill was amended with a provision pushed by prosecutors that would require those convicted of more severe crimes to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence behind bars. The amendment drastically reduces the bill’s originally estimated savings of $1.2 billion over the next several years that would have resulted from shorter prison sentences for low-level drug and theft crimes. The original proposal was a result of a study conducted by the Pew Center on the States and the Council of State Governments which indicated that, over the past eight years, the state’s prison population grew at a rate three times faster than neighboring states due to lengthy prison sentences given for various crimes. Changes to the bill are likely in the House to regain some of the proposal’s original cost savings.
State’s marijuana policies may be reviewed
A review of state policies pertaining to marijuana was approved in the Senate by a vote of 28-21. SB 192 requests that the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee conduct the review later this year to consider the fiscal impact of state policies and make recommendations on possible alternatives. The study would complement the ongoing work to reform Indiana’s criminal sentencing laws. Testimony indicated that 15 states currently have a medical marijuana program, 13 states have revised sentencing laws for marijuana and another 12 states are considering legislation this year to decriminalize marijuana.
Texting while driving
Texting while driving could soon be against the law for all Indiana drivers under SB 18, which was approved by the Senate. Current Indiana law prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from texting while driving. The legislation extends this regulation to all drivers, and stipulates a Class C infraction for those caught texting or reading email while driving. Hands free or voice operated technology would be permitted under the bill. Statistics indicate that texting while driving increases a driver’s chance of being involved in a collision by 20 times. Thirty states and the District of Columbia have taken similar action.
Additionally, two bills have been signed into law:
Unemployment insurance fund
Indiana has borrowed more than $2 billion from the federal government to shore up its bankrupt unemployment insurance fund and pay benefits to the state’s unemployed. Legislation that has been fast-tracked through the General Assembly, House Enrolled Act 1450, would repay the loan through a surcharge on businesses and a reduction in overall benefits to the unemployed by about 25 percent annually. Under HB 1450, average weekly benefits for unemployed workers would drop from $283 to $212. The U.S. average is $295 weekly. Opponents emphasized that cutting benefits will hurt families and pull cash from local economies throughout Indiana, as most unemployment benefits are used in local stores for daily necessities such as groceries, fuel and utilities. An alternative plan was proposed to allow for the issuances of long-term bonds to repay the debt instead of the surcharge and benefit reductions, but that plan was rejected in the Senate. The House passed the bill by a vote of 61-38. The final Senate vote was 33-16. The governor signed the bill into law on February 24.
Vote Centers
Senate Enrolled Act 32 provides this as an option for county election boards to consider adopting a plan to administer vote centers. The pilot program took place over the past three election cycles in Tippecanoe, Cass and Wayne counties. Election officials representing all three counties reported that the system was cost effective, efficient and convenient for voters. The bill was approved 49-0 in the Senate and 68-28 in the House. It was signed into law by the governor on February 22.

China's Wen asks people to speak up

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China's Wen asks people to speak up
Meeting with farmers and workers seen as a rare public show of concern about discontent with the government.
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2011 05:26 GMT
Wen met people condemning land grabs and unpaid wages during a visit to China's highest petition bureau [EPA]
Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, has been quoted by the state media as urging citizens to voice their criticisms of the government and speak out about injustice during a visit to the country's highest petition bureau, where people are allowed to file complaints against officials.
Wen met farmers and workers condemning land grabs and unpaid wages among other complaints at the State Bureau for Letters and Calls in Beijing, official media reported on Wednesday, in a rare public show of worry about discontent with the government.
"Please don't hold anything back, and give me the facts," Wen told the people, according to a report on the central government's website.
"Our government is a government of the people, and our power is granted by the people."
The official Xinhua News Agency said late on Tuesday that it was the first time since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 that a premier had met ordinary petitioners.
China Central Television quoted Wen as telling visitors and staff at the bureau on Monday afternoon that the government must "create conditions that allow citizens to criticise and supervise the government, and enable government to responsibly resolve the problems and difficulties of the masses".
Human rights
Millions of petitioners visit government offices across China every year to demand redress and are often treated by officials as an embarrassing nuisance, even a threat to control, despite rules that say they should be given a hearing.
People with complaints are often held in a government-run centre in Beijing to be sent home, or detained in illicit "black jails".
Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan, reporting from Beijing on Wednesday, said petitioners in some cases have been punished and even committed to mental institutions even though there was nothing wrong with them.
"To our knowledge this is the very first time for anyone from the top leadership to have stepped onto the street and try to speak to these petitioners directly," she said.
Wen has won widespread public affection in China by casting himself as a servant of the people, and he pressed that role again by meeting people who journeyed to Beijing to demand a hearing from central officials at a special petitions office.
But Wen's meeting with petitioners amounted to an unusually blunt acknowledgement that China's feverish economic growth had also brought discontent, especially over land confiscations, harsh work conditions and scant support for the many poor people.
"This may be the first time a central leader has done this. Even minor officials usually stay away from us," Liu Anjun, a veteran petitioner in Beijing who has run a support group for complainants, told the Reuters news agency.
"It may be staged, but it's a signal to people. It may be related to Hu Jintao's visit to the United States, which strengthened the focus on human rights. The petitioners reflect all the most basic human rights problems in China, and Wen may want to show that at least he's concerned."
Wary of dissent
China is extremely wary of dissent. The government does not allow protests and routinely censors the media and internet of any content that is potentially destabilising or overly critical of the leadership.
Outspoken critics of the communist regime, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, have been jailed on vague subversion charges.
Wen has spoken before about giving the public greater freedom to voice anger and frustration over social problems such as corruption. The comments have been interpreted by some as a signal that the leadership wanted to more aggressively pursue democratic reforms, but they have yet to be followed up by concrete initiatives.
Last week, after a White House summit with Obama, Hu defended his government, but said a lot still needed to be done in terms of human rights.
Wen survived the ousting of his reformist boss Zhao Ziyang after a pro-democracy movement was crushed in 1989, and has stood out as the official most forthright about the long-sensitive issues of political reform.
Last year, he said the government must rein in abuses or risk sacrificing the gains of growth to "regression and stagnation".
Wen will retire as premier in early 2013.
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Al Jazeera & Agencies

Friday, February 25, 2011

Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds

Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds


Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary
Number Of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 1993-04-01
ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0809237962
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780809237968

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Researcher Jacques Vallee has done an excellent job synthesizing the various reports through the ages of our contact with otherworldly entities. He especially empasizes the fairy lore of the Celtic region, as this is relatively modern and also well-documented.

Vallee points out that many of the chief characteristics of contact with fairies is coincidental of modern accounts of contact with UFOnauts. He surmises that these accounts are cultural-specific descriptions of a phenomenon that has been with us since time immemorial. It is probable that everything from demons, incubi, and jinns are one and the same as the aliens which now captivate our global attention.

Interestingly, the entities have consistantly been described as possessing technology just beyond the means of whichever society is experiencing the contact. Today, the entities appear in antigravity spacecraft, just as in the Bible they steered luminous chariots, and in the great airship sighting wave of 1897, they seemed to be manning turbine-driven zeppelins. The one constant throughout the ages has been the entities proclivity to tinker with the genetics of mankind. Vallee offers no answers to this strange phenomenon, but only wishes to point out that it did not originate in modern times.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Multiculturalism: A Tool of Collectivism

http://rebirthofreason.com/Articles/Younkins/Multiculturalism_A_Tool_of_Collectivism.shtml

Multiculturalism: A Tool of Collectivism
by Edward W. Younkins
The main idea of multiculturalism is the equal value of all cultures (i.e., cultural relativism). However, multiculturalism does not mean cultures as normally understood but rather as biologically defined (i.e., ethnically, racially, or sexually defined) groups. Multiculturalism, a politicized form of cultural relativism, rejects the idea that there are general truths, norms, or rules with respect to both knowledge and morals. Gone are the Enlightenment beliefs in objectivity, reason and evidence, and principles of freedom and justice that apply equally to all individuals. Unlike cultural relativism, multiculturalism excludes one worldview from the realm of equally valid worldviews—the Eurocentric Western perspective based on the contributions of dead white males. Multiculturalists dismiss the significance of Western civilization by claiming that Western traditions of elitism, racism, and sexism are the cause of most of our current problems. They accept a Romantic view of human nature as beneficent and benign until it was corrupted by flawed Western ideology and culture.

Multiculturalism implies that race, ethnicity, and sex (or sexual preference) have an inescapable effect on the way people think and/or the values they hold or are capable of holding. There are many closed systems of perception, thought, and feeling each affiliated with some biologically defined group. Rational dialogue among individuals from different groups is precluded because each group has its own “truth” and standards for its attainment. The multiculturalist maintains that each person is simply a representative of a particular biologically defined perspective who must agree with his own group’s worldview (unless he wants to be ostracized) and thus be unable to rationally discuss and meaningfully evaluate and critique ideas with representatives of other groups. Multiculturalism thus destroys an individual’s confidence in his own mind—this occurs when a person allows his group to tell him what to believe.

At one time, truth was viewed as transcendent, fixed, and unchanging. Epistemological egalitarianism has accompanied the loss of transcendence. Each group of persons now is thought to have an equal right to make truth claims. Think of the absurdity in which unreflected upon opinions are weighted equally with well-thought-out opinions in today’s numerous opinion polls that tend to be tabulated according to biologically defined categories. Truth is now thought to be a constructed cultural product that is immanent in each individual culture or subgroup. For the multiculturalist, truth only exists by consensus within each biologically defined group.

Multiculturalism is anti-individualistic in the sense that it expects each person to agree with the perceptions, thoughts, and judgments of his group in order for his own perceptions, thoughts, and judgments to be legitimate. The multiculturalist believes that a person’s thoughts are either the collectively constructed thoughts of his racial, ethnic, or sexual group or are the thoughts foisted upon him by the dominant white male worldview. A ruling premise of multiculturalism is that ethnic origin carries with it irrevocable attributes—if a person has a certain name and physical features, then he must have a particular perspective on life and the world. Multiculturalists assign each rational and autonomous individual into a group based on the group’s specific, absolute, and nondebatable dissemblances from other groups.

Multiculturalism attempts to replace individual rights with collectivism by assuming that a man’s identity and value are derived solely from biology, and that what is important is not what a person does as an individual, but rather what some members of his biological group currently do or did years ago. It follows that collective guilt replaces individual responsibility—a person must assume the responsibility for acts committed by his ancestors and pay for these acts ad infinitum.

The victim mentality is both a cause and effect of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism promotes a culture of victims who have a perpetual claim on society and the government. The result is the division of society into political interest groups with conflicting demands that cannot all be met.

Educational proposals from multiculturalists attempt to inculcate in students the idea that Western classical liberal order is, in fact, the most oppressive order of all times. As a result, people are taught to view themselves as victims. This perspective is based on the relativistic assumption that because all cultures are inherently equal, differences in wealth, power, and accomplishments between cultures are, for the most part, due to oppression. Thus, in order to establish cultural equality, multiculturalists emphasizing non-Western virtues and Western oppression dismiss the illiberal traditions of other cultures and attack the ideas of a common culture based on an intellectual, moral, and artistic legacy derived from the Greeks and the Bible.

There would be no harm in multiculturalism if the term simply meant that we should acknowledge and teach truths about many cultures. It is admirable to teach students both the noblest aspects of various cultures and of their failings. Unfortunately, multiculturalism’s pluralism and relativism has engendered a reluctance to acknowledge anything positive about Western culture while concurrently maintaining a nonreflective and approving position toward non-Western and minority ideas. Students are taught that no “properly educated” person would be willing to pass judgment on another culture. If a student should deny the equality of all cultures he would be told he was guilty of “ethnocentrism.”

Multicultural educational policies are based on the mistaken notion that cultures consist of mostly benign characteristics. In actual fact, there are both laudable and condemnable aspects of all cultures. Once it is recognized that different cultures exhibit varying degrees of good and evil, it becomes appropriate to inquire which culture exhibits the best characteristics on an overall basis. Some cultures are better than others:  reason is better than force; a free society is superior to slavery; and productivity is better than stagnation.

Multiculturalists argue that education can build the self-esteem of minority students by presenting non-Western cultures in a favorable light in order to compensate for historical and curricular injustices, thereby restoring cultural parity between ethnic groups. Replacing education with therapy, the multiculturalist attempts to enhance self-esteem by teaching the students of oppressed cultures to be proud of their particular ancestry or race. This will only work if there are laudable truths that can be taught about a student’s ethnic heritage. When education is turned into therapy, the likely result is to teach history not to ascertain truth but to empower (i.e., enhance the self-esteem) of various factions. The result is the introduction of distortions, half-truths, fabrications, and myths into the curriculum in order to make students from certain groups feel good. In addition, multiculturalists denounce the emphasis in American schools on American history and culture and western civilization. Some even portray western civilization and Americans as evil and ideas such as reason and objective truth as Eurocentric (and patriarchal for the feminist) biases with the purpose of exploiting oppressed cultures.

Academic standards of excellence are of no use to the multiculturalist because they are simply means through which the dominant culture oppresses minority cultures. Not only are objective tests denounced as racist, multiculturalists demand that students be graded only within their cultural or racial group and/or that tests be redesigned so that minority students perform on the average as well as those in the dominant cultural group.

Students are instructed that there are no objective merits or failings of theories, arguments, policies, works of art, and literature, etc. Instead, they are only valorizations of power that require deconstruction in order to reveal their true nature as devices of repression. It is Marxism that has provided multiculturalism with its rationale and concepts (e.g., oppression, imperialism, inequality, revolutionary change) that are used to devalue and destroy American culture. 

The goal of the multiculturalist is to change the United States from a culturally assimilated society to an unassimilated multicultural society with a wide range of cultures and subcultures accorded equal status. Multiculturalism promotes quotas rather than competition, allocating resources rather than earning them, and a cabinet that looks like America instead of one that has an adequate background to do the required job. Multiculturalists fail to see that the diversity methods they use to find and create diversity will, in fact, divide the country. The result will be a widespread, societal tendency toward hatred, revenge, or belief in the innate superiority of one’s group and a feeling of solidarity and self-righteousness.

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Glenn Beck gets it right on the union pension pyramid scheme

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Hey hey! Ho ho! Unions have got to go! Hey hey! Ho ho! Unions have got to go!

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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2010, 12:06:PM »

Beck is quite a showman. He makes good points to boot. America's screwed.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2010, 03:00:PM »

Beck is quite a showman. He makes good points to boot. America's screwed.

I think this is the first time I agreed with you.
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2010, 03:50:PM »

Beck is quite a showman. He makes good points to boot. America's screwed.

I think this is the first time I agreed with you.

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2010, 05:29:PM »

Him and Harry Reid should only be allowed on TV in Utah. Mormons !
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2010, 08:22:PM »

I saw this live. Ya he's a mormon but idc he kicks ass. Especially when he talks about the founding fathers and what the constitution really means etc
I heard someone called his radio show and said "you should team up w fr corapi bc you both seem similar" or something like that and he said if you go to 8 28 you won't be disappointed.
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2010, 10:08:PM »

I saw this live. Ya he's a mormon but idc he kicks ass. Especially when he talks about the founding fathers and what the constitution really means etc
I heard someone called his radio show and said "you should team up w fr corapi bc you both seem similar" or something like that and he said if you go to 8 28 you won't be disappointed.

He should team up with Fr. Corapi to go to confession, renounce his Mormonism, and come back to the Church. That would truly kick ass. Actually, I think if he listened to Fr. Corapi he would be in almost complete agreement with him and he could be led home.

 
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2010, 01:05:PM »

He tells half truths.
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2010, 01:31:PM »

Other than his mormonism (which I think we all agree is no small thing) what has he been wrong about....and specifically, what is he wrong about in these videos?
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2010, 12:16:AM »

I'm not watching 2 10min videos of Beck bloviating. What minute mark should I skip to re:pension 'schemes'?
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"It is questionable whether the proper functions of Catholics is to hunt down, "expose" and condemn Catholics they suspect of undue rigidity, disobedience or "material schism"; especially while giving support to a Vatican ecumenical campaign which addresses heretics and actual Schismatics as "separated brethren", Jews as "people of the covenant" and Muslims as "people of God". This is part of the overall contradiction (or inconsistency) that permeates the "conservative" mentality. Cloaked in a pledged loyalty to all things "whatsoever" emanating from the Holy See, many "conservatives" will go beyond the measures taken by the Church leaders, or even disagree with their actual positions. The Hawaii "excommunications" were an obvious example but others can be seen. "Conservatives" denounce as "Schismatic" all those who set foot in SSPX chapels while the Vatican embraces the Schismatics in China. "Conservatives" deny any significant change at the Second Vatican Council while the Pope celebrates the enormity and impact of the changes. "Conservatives" seek the conversion of the Eastern "Orthodox" while the Vatican promises not to "proselytize" them. "Conservatives" deride American bishops while the Pope appoints and promotes the same ones." -Peter Miller


"Tolerance is the last virtue of a depraved society When an immoral society has blatantly and proudly violated all the commandments, it insists upon one last virtue, tolerance for its immorality. It will not tolerate condemnation of its perversions. It creates a whole new world in which only the intolerant critic of intolerable evil is evil." -H. Gibson

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Sgt. Schultz: Free Speech Egypt, but Not For America

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2011/02/03/sgt-schultz-free-speech-egypt-but-not-for-america/

Sgt. Schultz: Free Speech Egypt, but Not For America

by David Forsmark
Posted on February 3 2011 9:00 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
Giff to me control of ze airvaves!
On the very day that Rush Limbaugh pointed out the Left doesn’t mind “incivility” on the streets in Cairo, and that the media loves Egyptian protesters almost as fervently as they hate the Tea Party; MSNBC’s Ed Schultz called for censoring Rush Limbaugh but guaranteeing internet access for Egyptians.
SCHULTZ:  … Rush Limbaugh wants to hide from it or ignore it, or even inflame it, the Reverend Al Sharpton will join us to suggest that something must be done about hate speech and its consequences.
It’s pretty hard to say that Rush does anything nearly as over the top as “Psycho Talk” Schultz, but living in a glass house doesn’t keep the good sergeant from throwing stones.
But he wants everyone– including I assume, the Muslim Brotherhood– in Egypt to get their say, even if it actually may be hate speech and actually promoting violence.
SCHULTZ: …a regime that is oppressing the people, won‘t even let them get on the Internet today?  I mean, how much more restrictive can you get?
And the comments from Schultz about the Tea Party protesters are too numerous to bother with.  But the upshot is, that Sgt. Schultz wants a First Amendment for Egypt, but while his guy is in charge, he’s not so wild about it in America.
That’s bad enough.  But the episode veered into comedy routine when Ed brought Al Sharpton on to talk about banning inflamatory speech from the airwaves.  I mean… really?

SHARPTON: Whether it‘s anti-African-American, anti-Asian-American, anti-Chinese, foreigner, it doesn‘t matter.  You cannot, in our judgment, be allowed to just have the federally regulated airwaves used to cast things on people base on who they are, and then have public officials under threat, and you‘re going to act as though you ignore it.
This is the height of irresponsibility and it‘s a danger to all of us in the country.
SCHULTZ:  What do you make of the chain reaction that took place here?  Senator Yee asked for an apology.  Limbaugh doubled down.  That‘s when the reaction came.
SHARPTON:  I think, again, the responsible thing to do, you, me, anyone on the airwaves, is if we inadvertently cause some harm, we should be responsible enough to say, even if that was not my intent, I apologize.  I don‘t want to see this exacerbated.
To ignore it is to feed into it.  And the results are speaking for themselves.  This cannot be ignored.  We cannot allow this to continue until we see something happens even more egregious.
Okay, this just speaks for itself.  Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton get together every month or so and call on the FCC to ban, censor or regulate Rush Limbaugh.  (Actually, I was expecting this to be on another topic, after hearing Limbaugh that afternoon refer to Barack Obama as our “boy President” and figuring Sharpton would be on to make what Limbaugh called Bill Clinton on a daily basis into a racial thing.)
But let’s pick out the really funny part of this:
SHARPTON:  I think, again, the responsible thing to do, you, me, anyone on the airwaves, is if we inadvertently cause some harm, we should be responsible enough to say, even if that was not my intent, I apologize.  I don‘t want to see this exacerbated.
This load of race bating garbage has yet to apologize to the cops and prosecutors he tried to have thrown in jail on false charges in the Tawana Brawley fraud– which he perpetrated, and without which we would have never have heard of him!
Sharpton has also refused to apologize the the Duke Lacrosse team players he went out and tried to taint the jury pool against before that house of cards came tumbling down, as well.
I would like to throw out this challenge to Bill O’Reilly or anyone who appears with Sharpton in the media.  Do not appear with or interview Sharpton without mentioning the Tawana Brawley scam and demanding he apologize to the falsely accused and their families.
Then do the same for the Duke Lacrosse team.
To appear with Sharpton without mention of those incidences– and the Crown Heights anti-semitic riot– is to rob the audience of valuable and necessary context.
It tells you all you need to know about Ed Schultz that he considers this opportunistic race hustler an equal and a legitimate source.
(One other side note, check out how outraged each man is by Limbaugh’s insult of “the Chinese President,” and the formal and deferential way in which they refer to him in contrast to the Egyptian President, who despite his major flaws is not in the same league with Hu.)





[c.s.l. how do you abuse FREE speech? /c.s.l.]

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